Last Monday, the University of Auckland Film Society hosted its once a semester film quiz at the Garden Room at Shadows. Like all prestigious quizzes, it attracted the best and brightest that were available on that day.
And some that I’m pretty sure were not eligible to get their own bank account, let alone order some delicious pill drinks from the counter. Seeking a challenge, Craccum attended the two and a half hour romp – under the name Destiny Church, however. It was a higher turnout than expected, with well over 50 people in attendance. The hosts may not have expected all who applied to turn up, as there was a certain amount of confusion and nervousness, but they soon got their groove together. There were various teams of differing sizes, with some up to six members, while your favourite student magazine limped in with a mere three participants – one of whom doesn’t even work for us. However, it was all that we needed. We were ready to win. And so the games began – eight rounds of trivia, some questions designed to keep us on our toes, some designed so that the average audience member would know what was going on. We swept the cult classics round and fumbled at the MCU section, since we prefer to watch films with class. However, it was the all-important and ill-advised Sound Round at the very end where we truly shone. With a sound system that was barely cooperative for all involved, the Craccum team were the only ones to identify the famous piano tune from Spirited Away, and with that single point, we managed to rise above our competitors and spirit our way to victory. And oh, the applause was thunderous. The floors shook. We reluctantly agreed to take a photo with our 100 dollar film voucher for Event, for posterity’s sake, but then the crowd demanded a speech from their winners and indeed, their superiors. With a swift grab of the mic, Lachlan Mitchell addressed his crowd with a succinct ‘All you cunts lost, bye’ and parted with the prize. Craccum gathered their things and left – but there was one more question to be answered. Amazed by our prowess, not even using our phones, UOA FilmSoc’s president wanted to know if we were mere enthusiasts, or enrolled students of film. And we replied “Nah, we’re just good.”